Are you attracted to the idea of Simple Living but wonder how you can get started on this path? You may even have a list of things you know you could do (the list on your fridge you feel you should be doing), or habits you are attracted to having in your life, but it just seems too overwhelming to start.
Start with the attitude, then ease into the actions.
Following are 3 Simple Living Habits to create immediate ease in your life right now:
1) Take a few moments for yourself: set the timer on your phone for 3 minutes, and take a breath. Breath deeply expanding your chest, hold for a moment then blow it all out. Now do it again. Keeping doing it until you hear the timer.
Just for now, that is all you need to do. For those 3 minutes, focus on your breathing. How does it feel for you? Let all the thoughts from your mental chatter come in, acknowledge them and set them on the shelf, you can deal with them after the timer goes off.
It takes 21 days to form a habit. Practice this at least once per day, at approximately the same time per day to form the habit. Increase the number of times and the length if you can, ease into the habit of making more time for yourself. But start with this small piece, and notice how it feels for you.
2) Focus on what is important and let the rest go: your mind is a dangerous place, don’t let it run rampant. How many lists do you have filed in your brain? the shopping list, the kids schedule, what needs to get done at work … you can be overwhelmed with all the balls you are keeping in the air.
Sort through your lists, and check in with them – if you notice any tasks that have the phrases “I need to…” or “I should…” take a closer look. Is this wildly critical? what will happen if it doesn’t get done? does it really need to be done, can it wait for another day, or can someone else do it?
Next go through the conversations that are playing in your head. Are you worrying about what your co-worker said to you earlier in the day? are you wondering why your friend didn’t return your call, is she mad at you? Set your intent to let these thoughts go for now, you will address them later.
Your intent is a powerful thing, harness your mental powers to focus on what is important and let the rest go, just for now.
3) Be in this moment, let go of hurry: when we feel in a hurry its only a story we tell ourselves. Allow yourself to be in the here and now. Experts say there is really no such thing as multi tasking, its just a scattering of our energies across multiple activities. Are you doing one task, but worrying about the next? Practice the habit of doing one thing, focus on it in this moment, and move on to the next, and be fully present in that moment.
When we feel worry, we are living in the future, and when we feel regret, we are living in the past. Let go of those thoughts and feelings to be fully present in this moment and what is happening right now. It does our body, mind and spirit a world of good.
These three simple living habits are an attitude that can create ease, just for this moment. Attitudes will help ease us into actions.